Ever since Google released Android O, many have been asking whether this will be Android Oreo (fingers crossed) or something different. However, not so many have been debating about the official version number of the same OS.
Well, the latest Android O developer preview has just confirmed this – that the upcoming Android 7.0 Nougat successor will indeed be Android 8.0 O. What remains now is the name of the dessert that Google will go for, but this can be anyone’s guess as at the time of this writing (I am for Oreo, guys!).
The latest discovery comes as a result of the currently rolling out developer preview 3, which carries software version 8.0 alongside the final APIs for Android O. In case you didn’t know, this version of the OS is only available for a handful of Google-owned devices that include last year’s Pixel phones, the 2015 Nexus phones’ pair as well as the Pixel C tablet and Nexus Player.
The update is currently rolling out over the air and for those with unlocked bootloaders, this Android O developer preview has ready system images that can be sideloaded to the device. By final APIs, Google means that developers should now be finalizing their plans for app support. But what does this mean for mainstream users of Google Nexus 6P, Nexus 5X and Pixel devices?
Looking at what happened last year, it’s true to say that Android O development is running ahead of schedule. With this in mind, it is also easy to argue that the stable release of Android 8.0 O may happen earlier than last year’s August 22 release date. In short, the new OS could be here as early as this summer, but this is just a hunch from our side of the table.
Depending on what happens with the public beta tests, we might see changes to this hunch, but hopefully not. What do you think? Let us know in your comments below.